Disaster and Emergency

Nepal Avalanche Caused By Recent Heavy Snow Fall: Experts

Sep 25th, 2012 | By
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China.org: Experts in climate change and the changing environment of the Himalayan region said Sunday’s avalanche that left at least nine dead and five others missing in northern Nepal was caused by large quantity of soft snow that had piled up since Sept. 14. “In the past three days, the mercury went on increasing in

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Landslides, Floods Claim 27 Lives In Sikkim, Assam Displaces 7 Lakhs

Sep 24th, 2012 | By
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Flood situation in the state remain unchanged. The Brahmaputra River is above the danger level at Dibrugarh, Nematighat, Tezpur, Dhubri, Guwahati and Goalpara. Similarly, the Burhidehing is flowing above danger level at Khowang in Dibrugarh district, the Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, the Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and the Jia Bharali at N T

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Flash Floods Are Man-Made: Prof. Valdia

Sep 20th, 2012 | By

CSE: Environmental geologist K S Valdiya lives in Uttarakhand and keeps a tab on the changing geological processes in the Himalayan region. He was recently conferred with the G M Modi Award for Innovative Science and Technology for his contribution in the fields of Himalayan geology and neotectonics. Formerly a member of the prime minister’s

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Disaster-Proofing Your Village Before The Floods-The Case Of Sindh, Pakistan

Sep 20th, 2012 | By

CDKN: Sindh, a province in the South of Pakistan is suffering multiple effects of climate change. The IPCC Special Report on managing the risks of extreme climate events (SREX)(2012) highlighted the growing tendency for climate-change induced disasters. Sindh has suffered droughts, floods and cyclones on many occasions in the last ten years, and they are

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Landslide Kills 68 in Indian Himalayas

Sep 15th, 2012 | By

Thirdpole: A landslide that followed a cloudburst killed at least 68 people in India’s Uttarakhand state. At least 68 people were killed in a landslide in the Indian Himalayas late yesterday night. Four villages were seriously affected and two more partially affected in the landslide that followed a cloudburst in the upper reaches of the

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Cloud Burst: Disaster in Uttarakhand India-Updates and Photos

Sep 14th, 2012 | By
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On 13th September 2012 night in Chwanni, Mangoli and Kimana villages of Okhimath block in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand (India), heavy rains completely inundated over 4 villages and eroded 2 more villages, while there are no clues about 20-25 families in these villages. One can see the aftermath of erratic rainfall over the night in

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Mapping Vulnerability To Climate Change And Its Repercussions On Human Health In Pakistan

Sep 5th, 2012 | By

Globalization and health: Pakistan is highly vulnerable to climate change due to its geographic location, high dependence on agriculture and water resources, low adaptive capacity of its people, and weak system of emergency preparedness. This paper is the first ever attempt to rank the agro-ecological zones in Pakistan according to their vulnerability to climate change

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Storms, Drought Overshadow New UN Climate Talks

Sep 4th, 2012 | By

Times of India: World climate change negotiators faced warnings on Thursday that a string of extreme weather events around the globe show urgent action on emission cuts is needed as they opened new talks in Bangkok. The week-long meeting in the Thai capital, which was devastated by major floods last year, aims to prepare the

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Political Leadership Major Issue Managing Disaster Risk: Study

Sep 4th, 2012 | By

A new study of a major urban safety campaign launched by the UN two years ago has found that political leadership is more important than a city’s wealth when it comes to protecting the lives and economic assets of cities and towns from disasters. The “Making Cities Resilient Report 2012” provides a global snapshot of

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Assam Faces Worst Ever Floods In 10 Years

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By
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India Water Portal: This article provides a brief background of the situation of floods in Assam, their impact and possible solutions, through a video interview with Dr. Partha J Das, Programme Head, ‘Water, Climate & Hazard (WATCH)’ Programme, Aaranyak. Background The north-eastern region of the country receives a large share of the summer south-west monsoon’s

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Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change: A Role For The Private Sector

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By

CSR Asia: A recent report by Maplecroft highlights the fact that six Asian countries were among the 10 countries whose economies were most vulnerable to catastrophes. The list is headed by Bangladesh and the Philippines, which along with Burma are considered to be at ‘extreme’ risk. The other countries included India, Vietnam, and Laos. The

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For A Few Drops Of Water

Aug 21st, 2012 | By

The News on Sunday: People lose their lives in search of water in a village that has little or no drinking water facilities Wandering in Kachho, desert and hilly area of Dadu district of Sindh province, her tears have dried up in the searing dry winds. Whether it’s dawn or sizzling midday, the women of Kachho

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The Reality Of Climate Change In Our Hills

Aug 7th, 2012 | By

On an article published on 6 Aug 2012 at Livemint (reproduced below), Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma raises a few questions. He says, “whether or not the trend co-relates to climate change, it is clear that there has virtually been an absence of a well thought-out strategy to overcome it. Job opportunities and local markets haven’t been

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The Disaster Emergencies in the Indian Mountains

Aug 4th, 2012 | By

We are updating the News on Daily Basis on this page. The heavy and erratic rains in western Himalayan region of India is taking toll in its form. Thousands of pilgrims and Tourists are stuck in places due to huge landslides that has blown road networks..! The life in the region is at stand still,

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How Climate Change and The Monsoons Affect India’s Blackouts

Aug 3rd, 2012 | By

Blame it on the rain—at least partially. Northern India has been plagued by prolonged blackouts over the past few days that have left some 600 million people without regular power. The electrical grid has never covered the entire country—around 300 million of India’s 1.2 billion citizens lack access to regular electricity—and isolated blackouts are common

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Analysis: Evidence for Climate Extremes, Costs, Gets More Local

Jul 31st, 2012 | By

Reuters – Scientists are finding evidence that man-made climate change has raised the risks of individual weather events, such as floods or heatwaves, marking a big step towards pinpointing local costs and ways to adapt to freak conditions. “We’re seeing a great deal of progress in attributing a human fingerprint to the probability of particular

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Why Big Dams Don’t Work

Jul 19th, 2012 | By

Mike Muller argued that China’s investment in dams is good news for Africa. Here, Lori Pottinger writes that large dams are costly and destructive, but Chinese experience in renewables still has a lot to offer. The record of Africa’s large dams is one of widespread environmental destruction to the continent’s major river systems, upon which millions

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Floods Due To Climate Change: Expert

Jul 13th, 2012 | By

Assam Tribune: The possible reason for the recent floods in Assam is the changes taking place in climate, observes Prof Nayan Sarma of the IIT, Roorkee, who is involved in an Indo-German project BRAHMATWINN, with its focus on the impact of climate change on the Brahmaputra. He also warned, while talking to this correspondent, against

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Pakistan May Suffer Worst Climate Change

Jul 12th, 2012 | By

The Nations: Considerable increase in frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, erratic monsoon rains, floods, droughts and rising sea level are indicators of Pakistan’s vulnerability to drastic climate change which could be addressed through measures suggested in national policy on climate change. The meteorologists and environmental experts while presenting their papers at a conference titled

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Informing Climate Adaptation: A Review of the Economic Costs of Natural Disasters

Jul 12th, 2012 | By

This paper reviews the empirical literature on the economic impacts of natural disasters to inform both climate adaptation policy and the estimation of potential climate damages. It covers papers that estimate the short- and long-run economic impacts of weather-related extreme events as well as studies regarding the determinants of the magnitude of those damages (including

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Scientists Attribute Extreme Weather to Man-Made Climate Change

Jul 11th, 2012 | By

Guardian: Researchers have for the first time attributed recent floods, droughts and heatwaves, to human-induced climate change Climate change researchers have been able to attribute recent examples of extreme weather to the effects of human activity on the planet’s climate systems for the first time, marking a major step forward in climate research. The findings

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Pakistan Unveils Sustainable Development Strategy

Jul 5th, 2012 | By

Scidevnet: Pakistan’s new national sustainable development strategy (NSDS) boasts a ‘green action agenda’ and proposes to set up a knowledge management system that is based on science, technology and innovation. The strategy document, presented at a side-event at the Rio+20 summit last month (22 June), is linked with the country’s climate adaptation strategies. Jawed Malik,

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Rising Sea Levels Threaten Islanders With Displacement

Jul 4th, 2012 | By

Scidevnet: A significant rise in sea levels due to global warming could result in the loss of species and habitats in the coastal areas of more than a thousand islands in South-East Asia and the Pacific region, leading to the potential displacement of many millions of people, according to a study. “Sea level rise will

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India: Early Warning System To Alert Citizens About Floods

Jun 15th, 2012 | By

Times of India: Citizens will soon get to know well in advance how much water would gush into their locality or apartments if there is a heavy release from Ukai dam into Tapi during monsoon. The Surat Climate Change Trust and Surat Municipal Corporation are setting up a mechanism to building an identification system to

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Pakistan Heading Towards Extreme Weather Conditions

Jun 8th, 2012 | By

The Nations: COMSATS organised an event to celebrate the World Environment Day, in collaboration with the Meteorology Department of COMSATS Institution of Information Technology. Dr Ishfaq Ahmad, Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Development, Planning Commission of Pakistan, graced the occasion as the chief guest. In his keynote address, Dr Ahmad appreciated the holding of

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Pollution In Paradise

May 31st, 2012 | By

Chinadialogue: The idyll of Kashmir is ill prepared for an influx of tourists, writes Athar Parvaiz from north-east India. Environmentalists fear the features that attract visitors could prove the region’s undoing. India’s seventeenth century Moghul emperor Jahangir is probably best known for his comment on the valley of Kashmir: “If there is paradise on earth,

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Weather Extremes: Hindsight On Foresight

May 29th, 2012 | By

News Day: Debate over the agenda of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks is often much more than a procedural fight; its about the content, context and paradigm for the negotiations. At the Bonn talks which concluded after two bitter weeks of negotiations at the weekend, there were divisions over whether mitigation

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Asian Cities Develop New Indicators For ‘Climate Resilience’

May 25th, 2012 | By

AlertNet – Ten Asian cities prone to floods, droughts or soaring temperatures are developing a set of key indicators to assess their vulnerability to the effects of climate change and improve urban planning to boost resilience. Municipalities and environmental groups in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam will analyse indicators such as capacity of their water

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IPCC Special Report On Disasters And Adaptation: More Than Just Climate Science

May 22nd, 2012 | By

OxfamBlogs: Guest post from one time Oxfam research team member Arabella Fraser, who is currently in the Department for International Development, London School of Economics, writing a PhD on climate risk and vulnerability in informal urban settlements. She is also a consultant on climate adaptation and development issues, working most recently on urban adaptation planning in

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Pakistan Among The Most Vulnerable Countries

May 21st, 2012 | By

DAWN: Pakistan is among the most vulnerable countries facing climate-related risks revealed an Asia-Pacific Human Development report launched here on Wednesday. The report further suggested the Asia-Pacific region must continue to grow economically to lift millions out of poverty but it must also respond to changes in climate to survive. “Growing first and cleaning up

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Nepal Plane Crash: Relatives Return With Bodies

May 17th, 2012 | By

“In no way can the recent air crash and the one few months ago in Nepal could be linked to climatic aberration. Those who have flown on these over-used and under-maintained planes would agree that such disasters were indeed waiting to happen. Professionals who have no option but to fly to distant locations within the

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Ready Or Not: Assessing Institutional Aspects Of National Capacity For Climate Change Adaptation

May 2nd, 2012 | By
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WRI Publication: This report introduces the National Adaptive Capacity (NAC) framework, a tool to help governments bring institutional capacity development into their adaptation planning processes. The NAC framework enables its users to systematically assess institutional strengths and weaknesses that may help or hinder adaptation. National adaptation plans may then be better designed to make best

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Landslide Mitigation Housing

Apr 28th, 2012 | By

Institute of Hazard Risks and Resilience: Last week Archinect website carried a slightly intriguing design concept for ‘Landslide Mitigation Housing‘ by Jared Winchester and Viktor Ramos, which are residential units to be intentionally constructed on a landslide site.  The inspiration is a location in California at Rancho de Palos Verdes , near to Los Angeles,

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Siachen Melt: Pak, India Experts Spar

Apr 24th, 2012 | By

Deccan Chronical: Indian and Pakistani glaciologists have crossed swords over whether the Siachen glacier is melting or not. Leading Indian glaciologist Dr Vijay Kumar Raina, formerly of the Geological Survey of India and author of a report on glaciers prepared for the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) in 2010 has stated categorically that the

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Managing Climate Extremes And Disasters In Asia

Apr 18th, 2012 | By

CDKN: The Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX) was commissioned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in response to a recognised need to provide specific advice on climate change, extreme weather and climate events (‘climate extremes’). The SREX report was written over

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Disasters And The IPCC

Apr 12th, 2012 | By

MND: Will a load-of-nonsense IPCC press release be corrected? A little more than two years ago the UK’s Sunday Times ran a headline that read: UN wrongly linked global warming to natural disasters. (A screenshot may be seen here. The full text of the article is backed up here.) The very next day, the UN’s

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More Certain About Uncertainty

Apr 11th, 2012 | By

Climate Access (Cara Pike) : I recently attended the “Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change: How do we Address Uncertainty” symposium at Rutgers University where I learned from leading climatologists and social scientists* a few simple concepts that help make the connection between the increased intensity and frequency of storms and global warming. While it

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Earthquake-Resistant Table Could Save Lives

Apr 7th, 2012 | By

SciDevnet: Israeli researchers have designed a table that can withstand falling debris in the event of an earthquake. The table’s designers, Arthur Brutter and Ido Bruno of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, said it could be particularly valuable in schools, especially those built near geological fault lines or in developing countries,

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Extreme Weather Is The New Normal

Apr 4th, 2012 | By

IPS: By Stephen Leahy: CAIRNS, Australia, Apr 3, 2012 (Tierramérica) – Extreme weather is fast becoming the new normal. Canada and much of the United States experienced summer temperatures during winter this year, confirming the findings of a new report on extreme weather. For two weeks this March most of North America baked under extraordinarily

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Evidence Suggests Climate Change Has Led To Climate Extremes

Apr 2nd, 2012 | By

DI-VE: Evidence suggests that climate change has led to changes in climate extremes such as heat waves, record high temperatures and, in many regions, heavy precipitation in the past half century. A Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

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Plan Now For Climate-Related Disasters: UN Report

Mar 30th, 2012 | By

Reuters (David Fogarty and Deborah Zabarenko): A future on Earth of more extreme weather and rising seas will require better planning for natural disasters to save lives and limit deepening economic losses, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a major report on the effects of climate change. The U.N. climate panel said all nations

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Satellites ‘signalling’ thawing permafrost

Mar 28th, 2012 | By

ANI, Washington: Satellites are observing changes in land surfaces in high detail at northern latitudes, pointing towards thawing permafrost. This releases greenhouse gases into parts of the Arctic, exacerbating the effects of climate change. Permafrost is ground that remains at or below 0°C for at least two consecutive years and usually appears in areas at

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India in grip of drought: Expert

Mar 27th, 2012 | By

Droughts will be more regular said Dr P.V. Joseph, atmospheric scientist and former director of the Indian meteorological department. Presenting a paper on the role of the Indian Ocean in climate change,’ Dr Joseph said that droughts in the country were increasing and the country would face frequent droughts in the coming years. The two-day

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Pakistan Cabinet Approves Natural Disaster Management Policy

Mar 16th, 2012 | By

Federal cabinet has approved national policy on natural disaster management. Under the policy, effective measures will be taken and arrangements made to cope with natural calamities. Session of the cabinet was held in the PM Secretariat, Islamabad. Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani chaired the meeting. The cabinet approved the national disaster management policy which

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Waiting For The Big One

Mar 14th, 2012 | By

When the ground beneath our feet heaves Last Monday’s earthquake that lasted about 10 seconds may have only slightly shaken the national capital but it should serve as a stern reminder of the geographical fault line that Delhi, located in a ‘severe intensity seismic zone’, or Zone IV, as classified by the Geological Survey of

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Climate Risk Enters The Curriculum In Salvadoran Schools

Feb 28th, 2012 | By

In an effort to make communities more resilient to disasters, El Salvador’s schools and universities have begun teaching students how to deal with the risks of extreme weather and climate change. The small Central American country has been hit by three heavy rainy seasons in three years, with storms and flooding causing as many as

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Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre

Feb 27th, 2012 | By

As a leading regional resource center, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) works towards the realization of disaster reduction for safer communities and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. Since its inception in 1986, ADPC has been recognized as the major independent center in the region for promoting disaster awareness and the development of local

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Storm of the Century: Try-Storm of the Decade

Feb 15th, 2012 | By

MIT: With climate change, today’s ‘100-year floods’ may happen every three to 20 years, according to new research. Last August, Hurricane Irene spun through the Caribbean and parts of the eastern United States, leaving widespread wreckage in its wake. The Category 3 storm whipped up water levels, generating storm surges that swept over seawalls and

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Politics May Be Real Climate Hazard – Experts

Feb 8th, 2012 | By
Al Gore's online program called Climate Reality reached millions of viewers last week. Photo Credit: Time

Climate change impacts – from worsening droughts to new pots of climate-related cash for fragile states – may turn out to be a catalyst for worsening conflict. If so, keeping an eye on local politics and the quality of governance could be as important in heading off climate crises as breeding drought-resistant crops or protecting

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UN Launches Information System to Boost Disaster Prevention, Food Security Measures

Feb 3rd, 2012 | By

The United Nations launched today an information system to improve and expand the exchange of weather, climate and water data, which can be used for disaster risk reduction, water management, food security and health purposes. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Information System will facilitate access to meteorological observations and products, making it easy to share

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Are We Integrating Climate Adaptation Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction

Jan 24th, 2012 | By

CDKN: Disasters and Climate Change Disasters can be sudden, such as earthquakes or floods, or may build up gradually, such as a drought.  An important consequence of climate change will be the increase in the frequency and magnitude of extreme events such as floods, droughts, windstorms and heat waves. Whether hazards become disasters depends on

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Pakistan Losing $1 Billion Per Day Due to Environmental Degradation

Jan 19th, 2012 | By

Business Recorder: Pakistan is losing cumulatively $1 billion per day due to the environmental degradation while the successive governments have never given serious attention to the issue. This was the crux of the seminar on “Strategic Environmental Assessment – in the context of Framework for Economic Growth – Taking the bull by the horns” organised

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List of Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather Makes 2011 the Worst on Record

Jan 13th, 2012 | By

Click Green: A sequence of devastating earthquakes and a large number of weather-related catastrophes made 2011 the costliest year ever in terms of natural catastrophe losses. Estimates of around US$380bn in global economic losses were nearly two-thirds higher than in 2005, the previous record year with losses of $220bn. The earthquakes in Japan in March

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2011 Impact of Climate Change Massive

Jan 12th, 2012 | By

Throughout 2011 we have seen  some of the extreme weather effects of climate change stinging. Global warming means killer storms more worse than Katrina and Gustav, unexpected flooding in Asia, drought in Eastern Europe, unseasonal heavy rains in western Africa. These events  have also reduced crop yields, further hampering the chances of relief. 2012 will

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Translating Traditional Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Into Action

Jan 7th, 2012 | By

UN Solution Exchange: A query floated by safter world communication at UN Solution Exchange’s Disaster and Climate Change Community got responses from various members of these communities that what are the way and means to translate traditional disaster risk reduction-DRR and Climate change adaptation-CCA knowledge in action. It is felt that there is a need

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Thorthormi Lake: Bhutan’s Impending Climate Disaster

Jan 6th, 2012 | By

Mission to reduce chances of glacial lake’s outburst fails to achieve target. The Thorthormi glacial lake in northern Bhutan is considered the country’s likeliest climate-induced disaster. The lake, perched at a height of more than 4,400 metres, is swelling because of melting ice, and is in danger of bursting its wall. Efforts by the Bhutanese

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Earth Systems Disruption: Does 2011 Indicate the New Normal of Climate Chaos and Conflict?

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By

Mongabay: The year 2011 has presented the world with a shocking increase in irregular weather and disasters linked to climate change. Just as the 2007 “big melt” of summer arctic sea ice sent scientists and environmentalists scrambling to re-evaluate the severity of climate change, so have recent events forced major revisions and updates in climate

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Migrants Globally Facing Multiple Problems

Dec 17th, 2011 | By

The Nations: Over one billion migrants across the globe have remitted an estimated $ 404 billion in the ongoing year while they face a plethora of problems amid largely negative public opinion and related social, political and economic factors, says an annual report. The World Migration Report 2011, released by the International Organisation for Migration

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30 Million People Are Left Displaced By Natural Catastrophes

Dec 17th, 2011 | By

ChinaDaily: More than 30 million people in the Asia-Pacific region were displaced last year by environmental disasters, including floods and storms, and the number is likely to increase as droughts and floods become more severe. While many of those displaced eventually returned home when flood waters receded, many have now become migrants seeking more secure

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Glaciers Move From Himalayas To Closer Home- A Success Story

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By
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The WeekEnd Leader: He made the glaciers move from the Himalayas and come closer home. By bringing glaciers to his village, Norphel Chewang helped Ladakh farmers till the land in summer – a privilege nature denied them. While Mahesh Bhatt captures the fabulous images in his camera, Anita Pratap catches up with the engineer. Chewang

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